Mike Tyson Caught On Video Putting The Paws On Annoying Plane Passenger

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Mike Tyson has just proved that if you can’t just board a plane and leave him alone after being asked politely, he will make you.

According to reports, Tyson was harassed by a passenger seated behind him on a JetBlue flight from the West Coast to Florida and had to put his hands on the unruly passenger.

Tyson was in San Francisco for the 420 Hippie Hill event at Golden Gate Park as the guest of honor and graced the audience with his unique brand of Tyson wisdom while promoting his cannabis brand Tyson 2.0.

According to reports, the man seated behind Tyson was intoxicated and wouldn’t stop bothering Tyson, who was in his seat. The incident reportedly happened yesterday evening during a flight Tyson was scheduled to fly out of San Francisco International Airport to Florida.

Air Tyson

Reports from witnesses on the plane were that after boarding Tyson’s flight, “Iron Mike” started cool with the other passengers. However, after taking selfies with passengers, the overly intoxicated man attempted to continue talking to the former heavyweight world champion as he sat behind him.

When enough was enough for Tyson, after the intoxicated man continued to try and talk in the 55-year-old legend’s ear, he tried to get the guy to stop. When the guy didn’t, reports are that Tyson began to throw a flurry of punches at the man’s face.

Eventually, Mike walked off the plane a few seconds after the incident, and according to reports, the intoxicated man received medical attention for the punches, which seemed to make him bleed.

So Cannabis Flo

However, reports are that the passenger who was punched went to the police over the incident. However, other media reports on any arrests or if Tyson made a new flight were not available.

According to TMZ Sports, Tyson’s booked to speak at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Afterparty at LIV in Miami sometime around 8 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

It is the presumed reason he was on his way to Florida. Additionally, according to reports, he was scheduled to speak at the Cannabis Capital Conference at 12:05 p.m. ET with Ric Flair.

However, “due to a flight change,” reports are that event organizers had to inform conference attendees that Mike would not be showing up.

Stop Playing With Mike

It was the latest confrontation that the former champ has had to deal with. Back in late March, Tyson had an incident when someone approached him at a comedy club in Los Angeles with a gun.

The champ apparently was with some friends enjoying a set at a rooftop venue when he was approached by a man who ended up challenging him to a fight.

After the attempt to improve what the man called his “status,” the host of the show eventually asked the man to leave, and he responded by pulling out a gun.

Just Another Day At The Office

It is just a blip in the life of one of the most polarizing sports and pop culture figures ever.

Recently, speculation has begun about Tyson’s next opponent, and it has ranged from either of the two Paul brothers, Jake and Logan, and UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

Although Tyson has not confirmed or denied whether he would come back for a bout, either professional or exhibition, his Roy Jones Jr. exhibition super fight in late November 2020 had the world electrified.

Stay Ready

For Tyson, nothing is impossible.

“I’ll beat these f**kers. I’m coming straight at them full blast,” Tyson said during a recent episode of his “HOTBOXIN’” podcast.

Yhe plane passenger learned a valuable lesson: “Iron Mike” stays ready, even at the airport.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.